Reaching this goal would increase today’s annual output of associate and bachelor’s degree-holders by about 3.5 percent a year for the next decade – a goal that’s very achievable.
Civitas Learning helps higher education institutions by systematically tapping into the wealth of current and historical student data across diverse systems, and piecing them into coherent and useful student stories. “As the pieces come together, it builds up the story where we can literally watch how different students progress, and see when and where they face challenges,” says Thornburgh. These stories, which are brought to the front lines in well-designed, user-friendly apps by Civitas, help faculty members identify struggling students who need more instruction and also help advisors with those students who are at most risk.
Civitas Learning’s Illume™ Platform and App provides the core insights necessary for institutions to take action. It helps analyze key institutional
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Civitas Learning’s work with University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is one such example where data insights turned into a success story. Leveraging the Civitas Learning predictive analytics platform and Inspire applications, UMUC ran a pilot program to test the efficacy of using predictive analytics-based interventions to improve successful course completion rates. Over the course of three terms starting in spring 2013, UMUC and Civitas Learning built predictive models, tested different approaches to intervention, and evaluated outcomes in detail. During the fall 2013 term, across an experimental pool of approximately 10,000 undergraduate enrollments, the test group outperformed the control group in successful course completion by nearly 3 percentage points. “It translated to 150 students who passed, who otherwise would have failed,” says Thornburgh.
Civitas Learning is currently focused on higher education, with an eye on K-12 and workforce development in the near future.